How to Close Browser Tabs With a Keyboard Shortcut (in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari)

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2024 by

If you’re like most people, you probably have multiple tabs open in your browser at any given time. While this can be convenient for multitasking, it can also become overwhelming and cluttered. Instead of tediously clicking on each tab to close it, there is a much quicker and easier way to close browser tabs – with a keyboard shortcut. In this article, we will show you how to use keyboard shortcuts to close tabs in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.

Chrome

To close a tab in Chrome using a keyboard shortcut, simply press “Ctrl + W” on a PC or “Command + W” on a Mac. This will close the current tab you have open. If you have multiple tabs open, you can continue pressing the same shortcut to close each tab one by one.

Firefox

In Firefox, the keyboard shortcut to close a tab is similar to Chrome. Press “Ctrl + W” on a PC or “Command + W” on a Mac to close the current tab. However, if you want to close all tabs at once, you can use the shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + W” on a PC or “Command + Shift + W” on a Mac.

Edge

For those using Microsoft Edge, the keyboard shortcut to close a tab is “Ctrl + W” on a PC or “Command + W” on a Mac, just like Chrome and Firefox. However, if you want to close all tabs at once, you can use the shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + W” on a PC or “Command + Shift + W” on a Mac.

Safari

In Safari, the keyboard shortcut to close a tab is slightly different. Press “Command + W” on a Mac to close the current tab. If you want to close all tabs at once, use the shortcut “Command + Option + W” on a Mac.

Browser Hacks

Aside from using keyboard shortcuts, there are a few other browser hacks you can use to quickly close tabs. In Chrome, you can right-click on a tab and select “Close Tab” from the menu. In Firefox, you can click on the “X” on the right side of the tab to close it. In Edge, you can right-click on a tab and select “Close” from the menu. In Safari, you can click on the “X” on the left side of the tab to close it.

Close Tabs with Ease

By using these keyboard shortcuts and browser hacks, you can easily close tabs in your browser without having to click on each one individually. This can save you time and make your browsing experience more efficient. Try out these shortcuts and see which ones work best for you.

Do you have any other browser hacks or shortcuts that you use? Let us know in the comments.

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